Behold "music beta by Google," a new version of their Music Player app that you know so well. Note though, and don't be fooled: this isn't just a simple music player. It's a whole new ecosystem from browser to desktop to handheld device (and tablets, of course.) It all begins in your browser - signing up is as easy as logging in with your G-Mail account and you've instantly got the ability to grab free tracks (promoted tracks of course, you get to choose the genre,) followed by an available download of the app Music Manager for your desktop. Watch out iTunes, here Android comes.
Google I/O 2011 has officially kicked off with the very first keynote having ended just moments ago. Here's a quick recap of all the exciting revelations that have come so far including an update to the Android tablet OS called 3.1 Honeycomb, the confirmation of the much anticipated Gingerbread successor Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and much more. Continue after the cut for the full recap.
At Google I/O in the very first keynote at on the very first day was a gigantic announcement set including no less than Ice Cream Sandwich being revealed in bits. The biggest best piece of this announcement was of course the logo - seen here and in the video below. What else does this new version of Android include? Not much thus far, most of the features being noted as available for Android 3.1 Honeycomb now, more than likely moving on with ICS down the line.
Google announced at Google I/O's first keynote that they'd be adding movies to their repertoire, allowing you to rent anywhere and watch movies anywhere. This feature is live at market.android.com, and is available for Android 2.2 and higher. Users will have a choice of over 3,000 Hollywood feature videos. Rentals will start at $1.99.
Widgets are now able to be stretched with only a few lines of XML. Important of photos will soon be able to be imported directly to your Android device, your XBox controller will soon be able to be used with your tablet, and more. Android 3.1 Honeycomb will soon be on Google TV as well as tablets as well. Very exciting items. Coming up in this as well. Check back in this post for additional news bits as well as the IO 2011 tag for additional bits.
Music Manager was announced in addition to Music Manager, both of them extremely powerful music projects that'll allow you to easily purchase and stream music to your Android devices, all of them, all at once. Playlists were announced, "instant mix" noted as a sort of "genius," if I might be so bold, allowing you to have what appears to be a perfectly wonderful creation based on what works best together. Music Beta not the web is separate but equal to Music Beta on your tablet device. All of your local music will show up on your tablet as well as your online content streamed to your device instantly.
Vic Gundotra was the first person to step on stage at Google I/O this year, his speech beginning with talks about the history of the conference. He basically instantly sent a fight call out at Apple with a lovely illustration of an Android eating a piece of well-chosen fruit. He went on to talk about viewing parties taking place now all around the world, regardless of the time. The first person Gundotra called on stage spoke on how 100 Million Android activations have taken place worldwide. The three main points of the keynote were three M's: Momentum, Mobile, and More.
Today at 11AM Central time is the first Google keynote speech, and we're currently waiting in line for the bigtime door opening. There's about ten billion people standing in line here, but I assure you, we'll have the big news first! That is to say, we'll be the first to be analyzing while everyone else is running around screaming because Ice Cream Sandwich is the greatest thing since they created the original tasty treat. Stay tuned and get your fists ready for some heavy pumping and your eyeballs ready for some heavy reading of some bomb dropping!
At Google I/O 2011 we've been allowed to take another hands-on look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, this time with a functioning set of insides. If you'll think back to a few months back to when we were sitting around chilling in Orlando Florida at CTIA 2011, you'll remember that we got to peek at this super lovely device alongside its slightly smaller 8.9" sibling. Back then it was just a dummy though, relying on a separate tester tablet to show off what would eventually become its own user interface: Samsung's TouchWix UX. What we get to see at the pre-party with Samsung at this year's Google I/O is a nearly-fully-functional model of this device, complete with a working version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
It's about that time again, time to get another hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, this time with a working set of guts! Last time we had our claws around this magical device, it was in Orlando Florida at a super secret event where we were able to see a very early chassis of the device (with a gray/black back and no working insides,) alongside a tablet unit made specifically to show off Samsung's new TouchWiz UX (sort of right alongside TouchWiz 4.0, but made for tablets.) What we're seeing now here at Google I/O is a fully functional Galaxy Tab 10.1 unit, white backed and beautiful!